Cynthia Villar did not lose my vote

It has been over a week since GMA News TV’s episode of Pagsubok ng mga Kandidato featured the seemingly thoughtless response of senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar to the question given by broadcaster Winnie Monsod regarding how the former could reconcile the disconnect between her desire to help the poor and her favoring the nursing school owners whom schools CHED wants to terminate.

I say thoughtless because here are her exact words:

“Hindi naman kailangan ang nurse ay matapos ng BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) kasi itong mga nurse ay gusto lang nila maging room nurse, o sa Amerika o in other contries, e ano lang sila, young parang mag-aalaga. Hindi naman sila kailangan ganoon kagaling.” (Nurses do not need to finish the BSN program, because they just want to be room nurses; in the US or in other countries, caregivers. They do not need to be that efficient.)

Since the show’s airing date last February 23, Villar’s name has been lambasted in all forms of writing and in social media. She has been compared to US President Barack Obama and has been laughed on in memes featuring made-up statements by famous Mexican character Senyora Santibañez.

Villar issued an official statement explaining that there was not enough time for her to fully explain her answer during the said program. She said she has high regard for nurses and apologized to people who were offended to be called “room nurses”. (see references)

As a nurse and a voter, I could only think of one reason why Mrs.Villar said those things on national television: this is because she is a businesswoman. Notwithstanding the time pressure, money and investments are all that matters to her and the education of our health professionals is not her priority. Let the nurses solve their own problems since they seem to be good at almost anything; but protect the school owners, we do not want their money to go to waste. She is a genuine example of a traditional politician, one who tilts toward the wealthy and ignores the interest of many.

You cannot blame us Mrs. Villar if we are onion-skinned; it is because we work hard to preserve the integrity of our profession. We are puked, peed on everyday; but what we do does not make us rich like you. We save lives of people we barely know because we care; well this is something money makers and land grabbers like you will never understand. Fortunately for you, you did not lose my vote, because you were never included in my list anyway. I long ago swore not to vote for members of political dynasties, and I’m glad I made the right decision. You are a shame to the people of Las Piñas, you are a shame to this country.

I pray for your candidacy Mrs. Villar, let us see if your billions will help you get a seat in the Senate. Besides, bad publicity is still publicity. We are actually making you very famous Madam. I also pray that there would not come a time that you or one of your family members will need the help of a nurse, because unfortunately for you, you messed up with the wrong profession. If ever this happens, we will show you how four years of studying, a licensure examination, and several years of experience made us into the best health care professionals who selflessly care for undeserving patients of your kind.

References:

Pagsubok ng mga Kandidato episode
Villar’s apology and official statement